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#1 Old 04-13-2005, 02:30 AM
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Hey guys. I have a 1998 dodge Ram quad cab with the 5.2L 318 V8 motor in it. It is unable to start. It turns over but does not fire. Although I don't have a fp guage, there is fuel getting to the engine as I can smell it and there seems to be fuel in the oil from attempting to start it. There is also spark, as I checked by grounding the spark plus wires with another spark plug to the manifold,when attempting to start it. I also checked the fuel pump relay and all the fuses. I have no idea why it is not firing. Could it possibly be a sensor thats preventing it from starting such as the O2 or Map sensor? I also tried to extract any codes from the pcm by turning the key on-off-on-off-on, with no success. Does anyone have any idea of what it could be?
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#2 Old 04-13-2005, 03:22 AM
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well, if you're getting fuel, then you're obviously not getting spark, check your distributor/cap all connections of that sort, you don't want to flood your motor too bad or you could screw something up internally... be careful
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I don't know what your problem is, but occasionally mine won't start either. It floods itself out and doesn't even try to start. Then if I put the pedal to the floor to dry it out it will usually start after awhile. But it doesn't seem to make sense as it usually starts fine. I had it die on me a couple times after driving about 200yrds-1/2mile when it was cold in the morning. Just flat died. Weird.
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crankshaft position sensor guys

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That is exactly what it acts like. I didn't know these things used a crank sensor. Duh. Where is it, and is it hard to change/expensive?
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Hey guys, Just an update. After 3 days of it not being able to start I tried it today and boom, she fired right up. Niow she seems to be operating normally. Any ideas why it all of a sudden starts? now for the last 3 days we have had a lot of wain and humidity and today was relatively dry. Could it still be the crank sensor? or distributor?
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There could be moisture in your dist. cap causing it to not to fire at the right cylinder. I have had this happen a lot when I clean out engines. Replace the cap and rotor and see if it happens the next time it is wet out.

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